When hominids became intelligent, their natural disposition towards envy, greed, and lust took on a new dimension. Natural selection being thrashed, they started physically overpowering the females, for it didn’t take them long to figure out that the most accessible and mind-boggling pleasures were those relating to fornication. Up till then, the right to pass on genes had been reserved to the alpha who had to constantly fight the other males for that privilege. However, the alpha never paid much attention to the female unless she was in heat at which time he was made aware of her by the characteristic odor she exuded. This, however, was no longer the case, and it left the door wide open for the now intelligent lower order males.
In a blink of an eye, many lower order males became aspiring alphas, for they had the wherewithal to outwit the traditional alpha in their effort to get a female and experience the intense pleasures of copulation. Realizing that they didn’t have to wait for the entrancing odors given off by the female in heat in order to satisfy their urge, hominids became very focused on ‘diddling’, and it caused a lot of violence and cruelty within the group. Males were ready to move heaven and earth in order to experience the wondrous sensations fornication procured them. They fought, cheated, lied, and were even disposed to maim and kill in order to satisfy the urges that the female triggered in them.
Unfortunately for the females, using his intelligence instead of his nose in order to find a partner meant the male was inclined to discriminate. Up till then, all the females had had the services of the best male available, the alpha, but now, the lower ranking males found ways to party as well, and that changed the order of things. Not only did the males start forcing themselves upon the females, but they became selective. They figured out that if they wanted to increase their chances at having many healthy offspring, it was not only better to seek out a young female with generous hips, but if a female had big breasts, a well-proportioned body, and harmonious facial features, she was more apt to be nurturing, healthy, and resourceful.
In the millennia that followed, frantic sexual activity among lower-ranking partners made the breeding stock deteriorate, while the rate of sexually transmitted diseases increased, and fewer children survived. Fortunately, the law of natural selection intervened one last time by transforming the oestrous cycle of females into a menstrual cycle in order to favor reproduction. Over the millennia that followed, females became reproductive all year round and were receptive to males more often. More pregnancies resulted. A uterus with thicker walls better protected the embryos, and more fetuses came to term. At the end of each menstrual cycle, the flow of blood freed the female genitals of harmful bodies, increased vaginal secretions made the vagina a hostile place for bacteria, and the rate of sexually transmitted diseases dropped. However, this hostility also applied to the spermatozoa, and since only the strongest of the latter made it to the ovum in order to fertilize it, it tended to enhance the quality of the genetic pool. And since the female received several males, paternity was confused, and males wanting to have a reproductive female with whom to have his own offspring dared not kill the babies of that nursing female, for he didn’t know if the offspring were his own. Thus, our species survived in spite of the fact that we became intelligent.
But there was another problem. Because every Tom, Dick, and Harry were now fornicating with every Sue, Jane, and Mary and the quality of the breeding stock was dropping, there were fewer Adonis and Venus lookalikes and more individuals with inadequacies and shortcomings. And since hominids were now intelligent, they weren’t only conscious of where they stood on the social ladder, but they also knew if they’d been short-changed genetically. Feeling the need to compensate for their shortcomings, they took the easiest path. Lying, cheating, posturing, and bringing others down to their level as a way of making themselves feel adequate was the order of the day. They found it harder and harder to admit to being wrong or ignorant, and they were even prepared to commit cruel and dastardly deeds to prove they were as good as anybody else. Hominids became unnatural and fragile animals, and it engendered a lot of ugliness in them.
Though denaturalized, hominids were truly ingenious monkeys, and they knew that they couldn’t afford to alienate the group members. They were dependent on the group, and they knew it was in their best interest to have the others think highly of them. They were torn between their uncontrollable urge to satisfy their desires and their need to be liked. Regardless, they were becoming hard to handle, and physical force alone could no longer keep them in line and maintain cohesion within the group. Many individuals were aware of the advantages that altruism and cooperation procured, but there were too many who didn’t.
As it became obvious that hominids’ disposition with regards to greed and lust was making cohesion within the group impossible, the elders had to find ways to make everyday life bearable. Through stories and myths, they promoted the notion of omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient beings who could inflict the worse punishments on those who didn’t behave as expected. At night, hominids were constantly reminded of these threats as they sat around the communal fire listening to the tall tales. They saw the evil red eyes piercing through the thick surrounding blanket of darkness, and as they listened to the howls of monsters that prowled the night, they trembled. The precursor of the bad mean god who could condemn one to the consuming fires of hell for eternity was being created.